David Walker is a London-based artist who creates explosively colorful portraits of people he’s never met. Each of his art works features a face that the artist found in a book, magazine or photograph. Walker says that the anonymity of his subjects allows the viewer to create their own background story for the person in the painting. This creates an interaction between the viewer and the art work and encourages an emotive response from the viewer.
David Walker has imposed a restriction on himself to not use brushes, sponges or other art tools in his paintings. The only medium Walker uses is spray paint. In an interview with Street Art London, David Walker talks about restricting himself to spray paint, saying, “I’m drawn towards the idea of making something beautiful out of what could be classed as lo-brow materials and methods. I don’t use brushes because I want the pieces to raise a question about graffiti and traditional painting as there can be strong preconceived ideas about both.” Walker builds up each piece with many layers of paint, weaving colors in and out in order to give the painting bulk and character.